GE.13- 12892

Human Rights Council Twenty-second session

Agenda item 5

Human rights bodies and mechanisms

Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council

22/15. Contribution of parliaments to the work of the Human Rights Council

and its universal periodic review

The Human Rights Council,

Acknowledging the crucial role that parliaments play in, inter alia, translating

international commitments into national policies and laws, and hence in contributing to the

fulfilment by each State Member of the United Nations of its human rights obligations and

commitments and to the strengthening of the rule of law,

Considering that the Human Rights Council and parliaments stand to gain

considerably from exploring possible synergies to ensure that the universal periodic review

has the greatest impact at the national level,

Taking note of the successive resolutions adopted by the General Assembly since

2010, in particular its resolutions 65/123 of 13 December 2010 and 66/261 of 29 May 2012,

in which the Assembly recognized the importance of continued parliamentary support for

the work of the Human Rights Council and encouraged the Inter-Parliamentary Union, as

the world organization of national parliaments, to strengthen its contribution to the Human

Rights Council, particularly with regard to the universal periodic review,

1. Decides to convene, at its twenty-third session, a panel discussion on the

contribution of parliaments to the work of the Human Rights Council and its universal

periodic review;

2. Requests the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human

Rights to organize the panel discussion from within existing resources, and to liaise with

the Inter-Parliamentary Union, States Members of the United Nations and relevant

United Nations bodies and agencies, as well as with civil society, including non-

governmental organizations, and national human rights institutions, with a view to ensuring

their participation;

 The resolutions and decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council will be contained in the report of the Council on its twenty-second session (A/HRC/22/2), chap. I.

3. Also requests the Office of the High Commissioner to prepare a conference

room paper on the outcome of the panel discussion in the form of a summary.

48th meeting

21 March 2013

[Adopted without a vote.]